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FLORA INDICA.                                   215

these two genera must Remain separate, the distinct stamina of Hollbottia being
abundantly sufficient to characterize it. It has a very wide range in the Himalaya,
extending from the Satlej to Assam. In the extreme west the sneeiea arc rare, oc-
curring only in very humid woods, but to the eastward they are very abundant,
forming immense climbers, vvhose branches ascend lofty trees, and hang down in
dense masses.

The leaves are at first very thin and membranous, but become finally very thick
and coriaceous; and the flowers do not accompany one form of leaf only, but occur
with every state, from those of the recently expanded shoot to the most rfeidiand'
leathery. The pulpy fruit of both species are eatable.

1.  H. latifolia (Wall. Tent. ISTep. 24. t. 1C); foliolis 3-5 ovatjs
vel oblongis, seminibus rectis obovatis.—Decaime, Arch* Ifws. i. 194.
t. 12. / B.    H. acuminata, LindL Journ. Hort. Soc. ii. 313.    Staun-
tonia latifolia, Wall. Cat. 4950 !

HAB. In Himalaya temperata, alt. 5-9000 ped., a Simla! ad Bhotan I
et in raontibus'Khasia supra alt. 4000 ped.!—(Fl. Apr. Mai.) (».».)

Frutex alte scandens, glaberrimus, cortice cinereo vcl flavicante. Folia 3-5-folio-
lata; prtioli foliola tcquautes, angulati, striatuli. Toliola basi trinervia, conacea,
rigida, raagnitudiuc valile yaria, miaora 2 poll, longa, £ lata, majora 6 poll, louga,
fere 2 lata, pctiolis partialibus utriuque articalatis i-li-pollicaribus, intermedio lon-
giore, lateralibus (dum quinque) gradatim brevioribus. ttacemi versus basin ramulo-
rum fasciculati, elongali (folia fere aiquautes), vel abbreviati, pauciflori. Flores -|-*f
poll, longi, snaveolentes, albi vei viridescentea, purpuraspentesve.

This is a very variable plant, but we are unable to distinguish more than one spe-
cies. The shape of the leaves is very variable, ana the colour of the flowers seems
unimportant. The fruit may perhaps afford characters of importance, though we
have failed to detect any.

2.  H. angnstifolia (Wall. Tent. Nep. 25. t. 17); foliolis 7-9
anguste- vel lineari-lanceolatis.—Decaime, Arch. Mus* i. 194.    Staun-
tonia nngustifolia, Walk Cat. 4951!

HAB. In Himalaya temperata: Nipal, W&llich! Kumaoa, Strachey
et Winterbottom!—(v. t?.)

Habitus prioris sed gracilior. Folia longius petiolata. Foliola tcnuiora, lanceo-
lata, 8-6 poll, louga, jt-1 lata, 2 exteriora brevisaiine petiolata. Semina ovato-reni-
formia, minora quam ia specie pracccdente.

We have not ourselves found tids S])ccics in good state, and can therefore add no-
thing to the characters given by Wallich. The shape of the seed is perhaps the only
important distinction, between this and the last species, but we must leave the deci-
sion of the validity of the species to those who have an opportunity of studying this
and the last together in a living state, 'Many specimens, which we cannot otherwise
distinguish from H. latifolia, have the leaves very narrow, oblong, or almost linear,
and therefore differ from ff. ati&ustifutia only in the number of leaflets. Those of
If. angvttifolia are, however, much thinner in textnre The shape of the fruit seei
the same in both

XL BERBERIDEJB.
Sepala et petala 2-3-4-mera, triplici vel multipliei serie alternatim
imbricata. Stamina definite, petalis opposite, rarius indefinite; anthe-
r<K loculis plerumque valvulis sursura revolutis dehiscentes. Ooarium